Friday, April 21, 2017

Public Asked to Participate in Moose Photo Survey from May 1 through May 15


As part of its ongoing efforts to monitor New Hampshire's moose, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to participate in a spring moose survey and submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15, 2017.

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Read the latest NH Fishing Report


Welcome to the first issue of our 2017 New Hampshire Fishing Report. We've been working on updating and improving our format to bring you more fishing news -- the "what's biting where" info that you can really use.

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Young Wildlife Belong in the Wild


Watching wildlife is enjoyable, especially when young animals appear in the spring. But it’s best to keep your distance. Picking up young wildlife can do more harm than good, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. It’s also against the law. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire - Saturday, June 3


Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2017. On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire -- freshwater or saltwater -- without a fishing license. Plan to get out and enjoy the day fishing with your family and friends. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate. All other fishing regulations must be followed, including season dates and bag limits.

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Steelhead Rainbow Trout Runs Are Happening


One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Vermont. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reminder - Youth Turkey Weekend is April 29-30, 2017


New Hampshire’s 2017 youth turkey hunt is coming up on Saturday/Sunday April 29-30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway on May 3.

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Be Alert to Avoid Moose on the Highway


Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning as they move from wintering areas to spring feeding locations.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Now Is The Time To Head Out To Your Favorite Small Pond For Brook Trout


Some of the best of the Downeast Maine’s small brook trout pond fishing is now upon us! These ponds are the first to warm up and higher inshore water temperatures activate insect activity that attract trout. Whether you fish from shore or from a boat spin casting, worm dunking or fly fishing, this is the time year you can have great trout action.

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CT DEEP invites outdoor enthusiasts to become volunteers


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) invites environmental stewards who enjoy wildlife and the outdoors to get involved in protecting important species and preserving habitat by becoming volunteers for DEEP.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Free Outdoor Adventure Talk: Turkey Hunting 101


Join seasoned turkey hunters Carter Heath and Fred Bird for a special Turkey Hunting 101 seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.

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VT F&W to Host Free Bass Fishing Clinic


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers that it will be hosting a free “Introduction to Bass Fishing” clinic in late April. 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

GPS Collars On Lynx Provide Valuable Information As Maine’s Lynx Population Grows and Expands Its Range


Between 1999 and 2011, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife researched lynx in northwestern Aroostook County in order to assess demographic rates and sources of mortality.

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New Hampshire's Turkey Hunting Season Approaching


N.H. Fish and Game Turkey Biologist Ted Walski predicts a possible record harvest in the upcoming 2017 spring gobbler season. The spring turkey hunt opens on Wednesday, May 3, and runs through Wednesday, May 31, statewide.

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Hunt Safely This Turkey Season


Hunting safely during turkey season is easy if you follow tips issued by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 26


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding hunters that the 2017 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting season runs from April 26 through May 27.

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Creel Surveys Provide Fisheries Biologists Insight Into Many Favorite Fisheries


Creel Surveys are an essential tool for IFW fisheries Biologists. These short, interactive surveys with anglers provide our biologists with the essential information they need to maintain or create a healthy fishery.

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CT DEEP Advises Boaters to Be Safe on Waterways


With warmer weather arriving, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds all boaters that even though the air temperatures are rising, the State’s waters are still in the mid to upper 40’s – which is considered “cold” water. The real danger of cold water boating is often masked by the anticipation and joy of spending a wonderful day on the water.

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DEM Reminds Residents To Remove Potential Food Sources As Black Bears Emerge From Hibernation


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds residents to remove potential food sources from their properties as black bears emerge from hibernation. Increasing bear populations in the region have led to more frequent sightings – especially in rural areas of Providence, Kent and Washington counties.

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VT Bass Fishing Featured on World Fishing Network


Well-known among local and regional anglers for years, Vermont’s spring catch and release bass fishing opportunities will soon receive a boost in national and international attention as they will be the focus of the Canadian-based television show, “Outdoor Passion”, scheduled to air on the renowned World Fishing Network (WFN) in mid-April. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Registration Opens for "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Deep Sea Fishing Adventure


Registration opens April 10 for an exciting day of deep sea fishing off New Hampshire's coast with the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. The trip takes place on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The cost for the day is $75, which includes instruction, bait and rod rental.  Participants should bring their own lunch.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Designated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Open April 22


Fishing in New Hampshire's designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens on the fourth Saturday in April -- this year's opening day is April 22. Fishing is allowed through October 15 (a few ponds managed under wild trout regulations are open only through Labor Day). These waters are managed specifically for trout and offer anglers the chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State's most scenic surroundings.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Opening Day is this Saturday, April 8th Connecticut ready for trout season, 306,000 trout stocked for Opening Day


Opening Day of the trout fishing season is this Saturday -- April 8th -- and Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready. Over 306,000 trout have already been released this spring into nearly 100 lakes and ponds and more than 120 rivers and streams located throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. DEEP’s spring trout stocking effort began in late February and will continue through mid-May. When the spring stockings are completed, DEEP expects to have stocked approximately 530,000 trout.

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DEM Urges Anglers To Avoid Fishing In Rivers This Weekend; Nearly 60 Stocked Ponds Available For Opening Day


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising anglers to avoid rivers and use caution as the trout fishing season kicks off at sunrise on Saturday. Due to recent heavy rainfalls, rivers across the state are experiencing dangerously high waters – with some expected to be in flood stage by this weekend. Anglers are encouraged to fish at one of the nearly 60 stocked ponds around the state.

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Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available


Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Beginning Fly-Fishing Class Offered in Concord


An upcoming fly fishing program offers a chance to learn about the traditional and timeless sport of fly-fishing.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program is hosting its “Fly-Fishing A-Z” on Saturday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord , N.H. You must attend both sessions. There is no charge for this program.

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DEM Seeks Information About Person(s) Setting Illegal Coyote Traps; Reminds Public To Avoid Interactions With, Feeding Wildlife


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) is seeking information about two recent incidents on Aquidneck Island of coyotes with illegal leg-hold traps. Anyone with information on who set these traps is asked to contact DLE at 401-222-3070.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vermont’s Spring Turkey Hunting Starts Soon


It’s almost time for spring turkey hunting in Vermont. Youth spring turkey hunting weekend is April 29-30 this year, and the regular spring turkey season is May 1-31.

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Vermont Trout Season Opens April 8, 2017


Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season is set to open on Saturday, April 8, and despite extended cold weather across the state in recent weeks, officials from Vermont Fish & Wildlife say anglers can be successful early in the season by following a few basic tips. 

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Outdoor Adventure Talk: Get to Know NH Raptors


Learn about birds of prey at a free talk with Kevin Wall of New Hampshire Audubon on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Take a Kid Hunting on Youth Turkey Weekend


New Hampshire’s 2017 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway. During the 2016 youth weekend, young hunters took 484 turkeys or 12.5% of the spring season’s take.

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Free Turkey Hunting Seminar This Month


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a free informational seminar on wild turkey hunting this month. The program is designed to educate hunters of all ages and experience on safe, successful hunting practices. The turkey hunting season opens April 27.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Fish Stocking Underway


With the welcome arrival of spring, NH Fish and Game Inland Fisheries Chief Jason Smith can’t help but get excited about open water angling, especially trout fishing. Fish culturists at New Hampshire's six state trout hatcheries have been holding on, waiting for Mother Nature to provide conditions favorable for spring stocking. The good news is that stocking trucks are now rolling! New Hampshire hatcheries have close to one million catchable-size trout ready for this season.  See a short video at: https://youtu.be/Z-NI1rPKrww.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Ice Fishing Season Extended on Northern Maine Waters Currently Open To Ice Fishing


Due to unusually cold weather conditions and an emergency resolve signed by the governor this afternoon, ice fishing season in the northern region of the state is extended from April 1 through Sunday, April 16. Waters in Southern Maine are already open year round to both ice fishing and open water fishing unless closed by special rule.

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Be On the Lookout for Frogs, Salamanders by Roads


One of the great wildlife migrations is happening right now in Vermont, and it’s taking place right at our feet. 

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trolling New Hampshires Big Lakes -- Free Talk


Here’s your chance to learn how to troll the big lakes of New Hampshire for lake trout and salmon.  Come enjoy a free talk by expert fishing guide Scott Jackson at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. No pre-registration is required. Admission is free.

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Freshwater Fishing Season Kicks Off On April 8


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it is stocking 80,000 trout into Rhode Island ponds and streams in preparation for the freshwater fishing season. Opening day of the season, scheduled for April 8, is celebrated annually by more than 40,000 anglers across the state. New this year, Carbuncle Pond in Coventry will be stocked with brown and rainbow trout.

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Sign Up Now for Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt


Youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the Fifth Annual Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. The event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and is open to any licensed hunter under the age of 16.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fishing Report March 26 2017 Massachusetts


Mother Nature is really messing around with us lately, with these wide range weather swings. Checked out a pond on Friday evening to verify that the waters were ice free for a fishing outing in a day or so, ice was gone and a plan was set.

Wasn’t able to get to the water until Sunday morning, of course the previous night, got down into the low 20’s and guess what, the pond froze over again with a layer of ¼” ice.

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Remove Bobhouses from Ice by April 1


Attention ice anglers: According to state law, all bobhouses (also known as ice shanties), must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1.  Please remember to use all precautions to ensure your safety when taking bobhouses off lakes and ponds

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout Fishing Opens April 1


April 1 marks the start of the open-water fishing season on New Hampshire’s large lakes managed for landlocked salmon and lake trout, including Big Squam, Sunapee, and the "Big Lake" -- Winnipesaukee.  Along with these well-known water bodies, New Hampshire Fish and Game also manages 11 other lakes for landlocked salmon, including Big Dan Hole Pond, First and Second Connecticut Lakes, Conway Lake, Lake Francis, Merrymeeting Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Little Squam Lake, and Winnisquam Lake.  Pleasant Lake in New London also is managed for landlocked salmon, but is classified as a designated trout pond, with a 2017 opening date of April 22.

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Turkey Hunting Seminar


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring - one on Saturday April 1 and the other on Sunday April 2.


Monday, March 27, 2017

A Hands-On Look at Maine’s Deer Mortality Study


Regional wildlife biologists are frequently involved with a variety of tasks to support various wildlife work programs statewide, so imagine our excitement when we were asked to help live trap some deer! Wow, what a job assignment! Are you kidding me, I get to do that? In reality, it is a task that is easier said than done!

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Glastonbury Shooting Range Re-opens for 2017 Season


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced the Glastonbury Shooting Range is scheduled to open for supervised public use on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday, April 1 and remaining open through November 26. The range is located within the Meshomasic State Forest off of Toll Gate Road in Glastonbury, and supervision will be by DEEP certified range safety officers.

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Enter the New Hampshire Moose Hunt Lottery


If you want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, now is the time to enter the lottery and try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime. Applications for the lottery cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents (nonrefundable) and are available online at huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. A total of 51 permits are proposed to be issued this year.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring 2017 Outdoor Adventure Talks


Jump start your spring outdoor adventures with these free talks being offered by the NH Fish and Game Department in April. Unless noted, the talks take place at 7 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. No pre-registration is required. Admission is free (except film festival). Get inspired by the out door world!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Be Responsible in Bear Country - Take down Birdfeeders Earlier this Spring


Despite a recent March Nor’easter, bears are becoming active in many areas of the state.  Officials are asking the New Hampshire public to be responsible and remove bird feeders and secure other backyard attractants.  Although March 31 is the traditional deadline for ending winter bird feeding activity, more mild winters and the earlier arrival of spring conditions warrant modifications.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

F&W Suggests Removing Bird Feeders April 1st


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders on April 1 to avoid attracting them. 

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Hammond Cove Shooting Range Opening April 1


The Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vermont will be re-opening for the season on Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

VT Fish & Wildlife Offers Free Fishing Clinics


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be hosting a series of free fishing clinics this spring and summer, including four specialized courses focused on specific tactics and species of fish. 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Understanding The S-13 Regulation — Why Waters With Illegal Introductions Of Bass Have No Size Or Bag Limit On Bass


Part of the recent Fishing Laws booklet simplification process included multiple reviews by staff biologists to ensure major errors were not included in the final product.   While going through one edition of the booklet I chose to focus on the S-13 special regulation.   This special regulation allows unlimited harvest of largemouth and smallmouth bass with no minimum length limit and is generally placed on waters where bass have been introduced illegally, particularly in waters managed for salmonids.

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